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New Obligation for Foreigners as of 1 January 2021

ADAPTATION AND INTEGRATION COURSE

Every foreign national who, as of 1 January 2021, is issued a long-term residence permit for the territory of the Czech Republic, and also every foreign national who is issued a permanent residence permit after this date without the precondition of previous authorised stay in the territory is obliged to take the adaptation and integration course within one year of the date of collecting their residence permit.

Adaptation and integration course is a course during which foreign nationals will be acquainted with the rights and obligations connected with their stay in the territory of the Czech Republic, with the fundamental values of the Czech Republic, with everyday life, culture and customs prevailing in the Czech Republic. Course participants will also be provided information on organisations and institutions that provide advisory services to foreign nationals free of charge.

The obligation to take the adaptation and integration course does not apply to a long-term residence permit for the purpose of study or investment, to holders of employee or blue cards etc. The course is also not obligatory to foreigners under the age of 15 or above 61 or EU citizens and their family members. More detailed information can be found on website of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.